North senior Camryn Adams and junior Sally Dempsey both swam their way to the district meet with a strong performance at last weekend’s sectional.
Adams qualified in the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke while Dempsey earned her district berth in the 100-yard butterfly.
“When I found out I qualified for the 100 free I was thrilled,” Adams said. “I didn’t know if I was going make the cut this year for that event. It was very hard waiting to find out if I made it or not.”
Adams, who also competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay, placed 13th in the 100 free with a time of 59:06 and 14th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.84.
“I was pretty happy with the times I got and I’m excited to try and drop more at districts,” she said. “This season was hard with COVID and everything being so limited between meets, practices, and quarantining. It all affected us somehow, but, I am happy with how it’s turning out.”
While the Rangers were disqualified in the 200-yard freestyle relay, they placed seventh in the 200-yard medley relay.
Adams teamed up with Dempsey, Logan Roberts, and Hannah Avery to compete in that event. She also finished 14th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.84.
Heading into districts, Adams has her sights set on setting a new school record, but she’s also focused on enjoying the moment as her career winds down.
“My goals for districts this year is to focus on both the races, but to try to get the 100 backstroke school record,” she said. “Approaching this meet is a little tough for me because I have been swimming 12 years and this will most likely be the end of my swimming career, but the No. 1 thing is keeping a positive attitude no matter what happens. I think Sally being there with me will give me some direct support from someone else on the team. Sally is one to always support others in their races.”
Dempsey placed 17th in the 100-yard butterfly with a new personal best time of 1:06.25.
“I was really excited to find out I had qualified,” Dempsey said. “I knew my time was going to be close to the cutoff, so finding out I made it was extremely rewarding. I’m really proud of my time, not only because it was a personal best, but I had also dropped about five seconds from the beginning of the season.”
At sectionals, Dempsey also competed in the 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard Freestyle Relay, and 200-yard Medley Relay. She placed 17th in the 50 free with a time of 27.51.
She’s looking to trim a few more seconds from her time at the district meet.
“I’m hoping to drop more time in my event during districts,” she said. “I know I can, I just need to push myself in order to achieve that goal.”
Dempsey also believes having her teammate with her at the district meet will help alleviate some of the nerves she’ll experience prior to racing.
“Having another person qualify is really nice because having someone you know be there during the week of practices and the meet makes everything a lot more reassuring,” she said.
The district meet will be held at SPIRE with Division II on Friday and Division I being competed on Saturday. North’s swimmers will compete on Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m.